Milk lotions: In some cases baby food compounds are uncompromising

The importance of breastfeeding has been seriously strengthened in recent months in the United States, because it is undesirable: a continuing shortage of formula, baby food compounds, what was formerly known as “breast milk substitutes.” The empty shelves are the result of continuous damage to the supply chain due to the corona epidemic. In addition, Abbott, one of the leading manufacturers of formula in the United States, was required to close the plant in Michigan that produces, among other things, the Similac baby food compound due to the presence of “cronobacter sakazakii” bacteria that could endanger infants.

The company denies any connection to the allegations that four infants who were hospitalized (and two of them died) are allegedly the result of consuming this formula.
It is impossible not to recall the tragic incident that took place about 20 years ago here in Israel, when the German company Humana, which was marketed by Remedia, was deficient in vitamin 1B.

how it all began?

The history of breastfeeding included breastfeeding or breastfeeding, and breastfeeding was the safest and most common alternative to breast milk. However, there is evidence that even in prehistoric times a bottle was used to feed babies. The bottle, it is estimated, was made of a hard material and had two openings: the first for the introduction of the liquid, and the second was intended for the baby.

In the 14th century, breastfeeding began to be perceived as popular and widespread, which convinced the royal and aristocratic girls to employ a nurse. This approach expanded over time, to the point that only lower-class women would breastfeed their babies.

In the 15th century, attempts were made in Europe to feed infants cow or goat milk, but these attempts were unsuccessful. Later in the 18th century soup with flour or cereal was used as a substitute for breast milk, but it also failed. In 1845 a bottle nipple was made in New York that made it easier to feed babies as an alternative to breast milk, especially cow’s milk, and sometimes sheep’s milk. 20 years later, the German chemist Justus von Liebig developed a compound made from cow’s milk, wheat flour, lettuce and potassium bicarbonate, a compound that was then considered nutritionally complete.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the attitude towards breastfeeding was negative, especially in North America – Canada and the United States. There it was considered primitive and mainly suitable for a population with a low socio-economic status. The use of infant formulas increased and accelerated after World War II. The company’s negative perception of breastfeeding, combined with improvements in bottle feeding, availability of animal milk and advances in the development of formula products of all kinds, have led to an increase in feeding on breast milk substitutes.

In the 1990s, the treatment of breastfeeding was still negative, so much so that some doctors advised mothers to wean their babies as early as possible or not to breastfeed at all. In addition, advertising baby food products has increased their popularity and use among parents.
In 1956, two American women – Mary White, the wife of a pediatrician, and Marian Thompson – founded the La Leche League in Illinois to encourage and help new mothers breastfeed. The voluntary organization has grown and developed, and today is active in dozens of countries with thousands of instructors. The organization has been operating in Israel since the 1970s, thanks to women who then immigrated from the United States and volunteered there.

From the 1960s to the present, there has been a welcome increase in awareness of the many benefits of breastfeeding. The encouragement of breastfeeding is also expressed in the support and tolerance towards breastfeeding mothers in the public space, in the workplace and more. The benefits of breastfeeding are undisputed, it is almost always the best nutrition for the baby. Therefore, it is not surprising that new mothers are sometimes pressured to breastfeed from the immediate environment.

In most societies in the world women breastfeed their babies, however, there are situations where breastfeeding is not possible – cases where the mother is unavailable or unable to breastfeed for other reasons such as illness, medication, drug or alcohol addiction, and some mothers for various reasons do not feel comfortable with breastfeeding. .

Breastfeeding is highly recommended, but not at any cost. It is important to understand that the love and responsibility for the baby is no less if the feeding is not through breastfeeding. Non-breastfeeding mothers should not make it difficult for themselves and suffer from feelings of guilt. Physical pain during breastfeeding, during pumping or in between; The difficulty of coping alone at night with feeding the baby; The feeling that breastfeeding is limiting; That the baby’s dependence on his mother does not allow him to vent – all these are completely legitimate feelings. Some people feel uncomfortable having to pay for the formula, while breastfeeding would save costs that are not small and last for many months. However, it is advisable to meet with a breastfeeding consultant before giving up breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is sometimes accompanied by negative emotions such as depression, anxiety and anger, emotions that are sometimes mistakenly attributed to postpartum depression, but in fact it is a different event: MER – D, (Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex) a phenomenon that is physiologically, neurologically and hormonally based. Rest, exercise and drinking are very helpful in dealing with the phenomenon, for which there is still not enough awareness of its existence.

Baby safety net

Some babies are fed only formula. They are actually fed the exact same meal several times a day, for weeks and even months. They are exposed to the same ingredients at each meal and to a uniform taste. A different type of formula, for example on a plant basis, with a different kosher or different brand. To expose the baby to other flavors and especially to create a safety net, ensure minimal diversity and prevent a complete deficiency of a particular component in formula in the event of a malfunction. 

By Editor

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